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the story coming up. >> we'll have that and much more. >> i can't wait for that story. thank you dana. >> and thank you for watching the latest evening news >> smith: tonight, lance ar denies doping, but a "60 minutes" investigation finds at least three teammates have told federal investigators they saw him do it. i'm harry smith. also tonight, tension at the white house. meeting face to face, israeli prime minister netanyahu rejects president obama's middle east plan for peace. >> a peace based on illusions will crash on the rocks of middle eastern reality. >> smith: and apocalypse when? how about tomorrow? captioning sponsored by cbs >> this is the "cbs evening news." >> smith: good evening. we begin again tonight with
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accusations that the world's best-known cyclist, lance armstrong, cheated by taking performance-enhancing drugs. the accusations in a "60 minutes" interview were made by former teammate tyler hamilton who admitted he took those drugs as well. and today hamilton surrendered the gold medal he won in the 2004 olympics. now "60 minutes" is reporting hamilton is not the only former teammate to claim he saw armstrong doping. armen keteyian has the story. >> reporter: like his signature move in the mountains, lance armstrong went on the attack today. as he has repeatedly done in the past, he targeted the credibility of those who would accuse him of using illegal performance-enhancing drugs. his current target? former tour de france teammate tyler hamilton. in an interview to air this sunday on "60 minutes," hamilton tells correspondent scott pelley about his-- and armstrong's-- repeated use of banned substances, including the blood- boosting drug e.p.o.
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>> you saw lance armstrong inject e.p.o.? >> yeah, like we all did. like i did many, many times. >> reporter: on his web site-- armstrong tore into hamilton, calling him "a confessed liar in search of a book deal." but it turns out the six-month- long "60 minutes" investigation into armstrong is anchored in far more than the on-camera accounts of hamilton and another former u.s. postal teammate, frankie andreu. instead, this sunday's report by pelley breaks major new ground based on evidence tied to an ongoing federal grand jury investigation of armstrong in los angeles. >> it appears the federal investigation, with its subpoenas and sworn grand jury testimony, has broken cycling's code of silence. we don't know how many u.s. postal riders were using performance-enhancing drugs, but we have learned that at least three have told federal authorities they used banned
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substances and witnessed armstrong using them, too. one of those riders is armstrong's other close teammate, george hincapie. we're told that now, for the first time, hincapie has testified to federal onvestigators that he and armstrong supplied each other with the blood-booster e.p.o. and discussed having used testosterone-- another banned substance-- during their preparation for races. through his attorney, hincapie declined to be interviewed, citing the ongoing investigation. >> reporter: when it comes to such an investigation, sworn testimony from hincapie is a game changer. quiet, untouched by scandal, he is the only rider to be at armstrong's side for all seven of his tour de france victories. if anyone would know if armstrong was doping, it would be george hincapie. harry? >> smith: armen, this federal investigation goes all the way back to last august. where does it go? >> reporter: well, it could end as early as next month. but what's interesting here,
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harry, is that the federal investigator involved, jeff novitzky, is the same federal investigator behind the barry bonds balco scandal and we both know the government didn't get much out of that, and here clearly you're dealing with an american hero. >> smith: armen keteyian, thanks. you can see scott pelley's full report on lance armstrong this sunday on "60 minutes." now to the big chill at the white house. one day after president obama laid out his new proposal for peace in the middle east, he met face to face with israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu, and you didn't need an expert in body language to tell you the two leaders are not in sync. here's senior white house correspondent bill plante. >> reporter: the president and the prime minister reported no progress after an intense 90- minute one-on-one meeting. president obama did not repeat his call for negotiations on the basis of israel's 1967 borders. >> obviously there are some differences between us in the precise formulations and
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language, and that's going to happen between friends. >> reporter: netanyahu showed no such restraint, laying out his negotiating points in expressive terms. >> and i think that we both agree that a peace based on illusions will crash eventually on the rocks of middle eastern reality. >> reporter: the president sat, staring icily, as netanyahu leaned forward and lectured him that israel would not negotiate on the basis of the 1967 borders. >> the palestinians will have to accept some basic realities. the first is that while israel is prepared to make generous compromises for peace, it cannot go back to the 1967 lines. >> reporter: israel's borders before the 1967 war did not include the west bank or the golan heights, which it took over in the war. those areas now have more than a hundred jewish settlements, many of which israel would expect to remain part of israel after borders are redrawn. the white house believes
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president obama's reference yesterday to a mutually agreed swap allows the flexibility for both sides to discuss which settlements remain. the israelis do not. it's no secret in washington or jerusalem that the president and the prime minister are not close, which seemed evident in netanyahu's closing remarks. >> now it falls on my shoulders as the prime minister of israel at a time of extraordinary instability and uncertainty in the middle east to work with you to fashion a peace that will ensure israel's security and will not jeopardize its survival. >> reporter: it's not the first time that a president and a prime minister have called for a peace process in the middle east, but this time, as so often before, so far it's only talk about talking. harry? >> smith: bill plante at the white house tonight. thanks. after his meeting with netanyahu, the president stopped
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by c.i.a. headquarters to thank agency for all it did to find osama bin laden. the president said bin laden's death and the discovery of his personal files sends a message to other terrorists. >> so today every terrorist in the al qaeda network should be watching their back, because we're going review every video, we are going to examine every photo, we're going to read every one of those millions of pages, we're going to pursue every lead. we are going to go wherever it takes us. >> smith: through those files we learned today that al qaeda considered targeting oil tankers. the idea was to hijack the tankers and blow them up at sea to send oil prices skyrocketing. officials say there's no evidence the concept ever made it to the drawing board, but today the f.b.i. and the department of homeland security put out an intelligence advisory to the oil and gasoline industry. prices at the gas pump are coming down. after peaking two weeks ago at just under $4 a gallon, the national average has dropped to $3.89 tonight. but a lot of us have noticed
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this: as oil prices were rising rapidly, gas prices were rising just as fast. but now that oil prices have dropped significantly, gasoline is slow to catch up. why is that? a question for anthony mason. >> reporter: with oil prices tumbling, drivers have been hoping for some relief. >> i expect prices to come down. i expect prices at the pump to sort of follow. >> reporter: but it hasn't come. >> oh, my god, they're crazy! >> reporter: as far as the price at the pump, the rule seems to be... >> it rises like a rocket and drops like a feather. >> reporter: just look at the charts. they show oil and gasoline prices marching in a virtual lockstep on the way up, but gas prices have been far slower to come down. crude, which peaked at nearly $114 a barrel last month, has fallen more than 12.5%. but gas is down only 2.5%. so why the discrepancy? >> when prices are falling, gas stations typically make their most profits then.
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>> reporter: ohio state economist matthew lewis studied the phenomenon at california gas stations. he found that when prices are rising, drivers search harder for the better deal, putting pressure on stations to be more competitive. but when prices start to fall, drivers aren't as vigilant. >> i really haven't actually been scoping around, no. >> reporter: once consumers aren't expecting that they're getting charged higher prices, that's exactly when the stations are able to charge them higher prices. >> reporter: ah, but the station owners say they're not the villains, the distributors are. >> certain distributors are not passing on the reductions in cost. >> reporter: michael fox, who represents station owners, says the math simply doesn't add up in their favor. >> we've seen reductions for particular distributors of about 45 cents a gallon, yet they've only reduced the price approximately 19 cents a gallon. >> reporter: whoever is getting the money, it's coming out of drivers' pockets and analysts say expect several weeks or more before retail prices really start to come down.
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harry? >> smith: anthony mason, thanks for the explanation. dominique strauss-kahn is out of jail, but not out of trouble. the former head of the international monetary fund accused of sexually assaulting a hotel maid here in new york was released on bail today, but he will remain under house arrest. michelle miller has the story. >> reporter: dominique strauss- kahn's get out of jail card was anything but free. >> the money alone is not going to be sufficient. >> reporter: in addition to the $6 million bond, strauss-kahn also had to hire private security, at a cost of $200,000 a month, to watch him around the clock, conditions similar to those imposed on bernie madoff. >> i think it's overkill. i think it's unnecessary. >> reporter: attorney gerald lefcourt has defended high profile white-collar suspects for years. >> this is a violent crime, no question about it. but there are tons of people out on far worse, far worse, actual completed rapes, murders.
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>> reporter: but this former prosecutor says it seems unfair to grant defendants bail only if they can afford to set up their own jail cell at home. >> reasonable people will argue that if we're that worried about this guy, he shouldn't be out at all on any bail conditions and, you know, some people probably see this as a kind of favoritism. >> reporter: strauss-kahn was supposed to be living in this luxury upper east side apartment building, but when the location became public, the deal fell through. the media circus upset neighbors. >> the reason that he had to move is because members of the press attempted to invade his private residence. >> reporter: tonight he was transported to temporary housing set up by the security firm he's hired, and until they find a permanent place, he won't even be able to walk out his front door. michelle miller, cbs news, new york. >> smith: coming up next on the "cbs evening news," armageddon,
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some are the followers of harold camping. but he believe he is knows exactly when the end of times will be-- tomorrow at 6:00 p.m. eastern time. here's bill whitaker. >> reporter: it's a good bet you've seen the signs that tomorrow is the end of the world. >> may 21, 2011, is the day of judgment. >> reporter: it's a prophesy aggressively peddled by 89-year- old harold camping, a civil engineer and self-taught biblical sage. >> you and i are living at the time of the end of the world. >> reporter: he claims to have discerned the date from calculations revealed by his reading of the bible. he spread his prophecy around the world on his family radio network in 84 languages. >> please go to >> reporter: on r.v. caravans, on 1,200 billboards around the country. according to camping, starting tomorrow... >> there's going to be a huge earthquake that's going to make
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the big earthquake in japan seem like a sunday school picnic. >> reporter: true believers are ready to meet their maker. >> we want people to know that there's still time, a few hours left to cry out to him for mercy. >> reporter: trumpeting the apocalypse doesn't come cheap. family radio spent as much as one million dollars on the billboard campaign. it can afford to. camping's radio network was worth about $22 million in 2002. by 2008, it was valued at more than $117 million. >> it's a combination of a very new and rather peculiar way of reading the bible coupled with brilliant 20th century american marketing. >> reporter: so well known, the end has become a cultural touchstone for late night comics. >> and the number one way to make the apocalypse more fun-- more fun? what's more fun than the apocalypse? >> i'll be tweeting the whole thing at boiling.eyeballs.cataclysm. >> reporter: the end of the
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world has been predicted more than a hundred times in the last hundred years. in fact, harold camping predicted it once before in 1994. this time, he says he is certain. bill whitaker, cbs news, los angeles. >> smith: and if the world does not end, another republican will jump into the presidential race on monday. that story next. that story next. so i've got to take care of my heart. for me cheerios is a good place to start. [ male announcer ] to keep doing what you love, take care of your heart with cheerios. the whole grain oats can help lower cholesterol. love your heart so you can do what you love. her morning begins with arthritis pain. that's a coffee and two pills. the afternoon tour begins with more pain and more pills.
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but the former governor reportedly will announce at noon on monday he's running for the republican nomination for president. political correspondent jan crawford reports he'll be joining a g.o.p. field that's off to a bumpy start. >> reporter: when newt gingrich criticized fellow republican paul ryan's congressional budget plan, conservatives went ballistic. >> my god! it's inexplicable. >> reporter: and democratic operatives went to work on television attack ads. >> newt gingrich says the republican plan that would essentially end medicare is too radical. >> reporter: the ad takes aim at presumptive republican front- runner mitt romney, implying he flip-flops on issues. >> but with mitt romney you have to wonder, which page is he on today? >> reporter: and it's not just democrats on the attack. the influential "wall street journal" editorial page, as well as other conservative outlets,
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have skewered both romney and gingrich. their missteps helped former minnesota governor tim pawlenty, who told me earlier this month that despite their differences, republicans have common ground. >> one thing we all agree on is we can't improve this country with the president that we have. >> reporter: but the early stumbles from gingrich and a lack of enthusiasm for romney also have republicans looking for someone else. popular indiana governor mitch daniels, a budget cutter known for his financial discipline, is under enormous pressure to get in the race. daniels has said he will decide by the end of the month and certainly is sounding like someone who could run. in an interview this week with the "indianapolis star," daniels outlines how he would run a presidential campaign, saying he would sleep in voters' homes as he did when he ran for indiana governor. and with former arkansas governor mike huckabee deciding not to run, there's also an opening for a social conservative such as minnesota congresswoman michele bachmann, a former state senator and federal tax attorney.
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now, bachmann is a favorite of social conservatives and tea party activists, and she'll be in iowa next week for a big speech to republicans. mitt romney will be in iowa as well on friday. so, harry, the race that got off to a slow start may be picking up fast. >> smith: jan crawford in washington tonight. thanks. and this program note, newt gingrich will be bob schieffer's guest this sunday on "face the nation." if you follow pro wrestling, you know randy "macho man" savage. >> i'm ready for anybody! >> smith: savage died today when his jeep wrangler crashed into a tree in florida. the police say he may have had some kind of medical issue before he lost control of the jeep. randy "macho man" savage was 58. coming up next, we'll explore the president's roots in ireland. [ male announcer ] if you've been to the hospital
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plan that has neighbors intervening next on cbs 5 >> smith: when president obama heads off to europe on sunday, his itinerary will include a stop in a town in the irish countryside, and mark phillips reports it will be something of a homecoming. >> reporter: it's easy to spot the village of moneygall in the rolling hills of central ireland. it's the one where the flags are flying, where every surface has been given a fresh coat of paint-- some rather conspicuously-- and it's the one where they've written a new song... ♪ hey barack obama... >> reporter: ...a tribute to their new favorite american president. ♪ you are the president... >> reporter: the president's visit to this village of 300
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people next week may be the most anticipated in this corner of ireland-- apart from the second coming. posters around town detail his connection to the place, how his great, great, great, grandfather on his mother's side left here for america in 1850, but when church records first revealed the link four years ago an irish barack obama was incomprehensible here. >> i'd been calling him abracadabra because i didn't know how to pronounce his name or who he was! >> reporter: how times have changed. >> i called him abracadabra in fact. >> reporter: you've learned his name since. >> i did, indeed and grown to love him, yes. >> reporter: everyone in moneygall has grown to love him- - especially henry healy. >> he's going to find everyone crawling out of his family tree to meet him when he does arrive. >> reporter: the celebration of irish roots is a time-honored tradition in american politics. sooner or later every american president seems to end up in ireland. maybe it's the 40 million or so
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irish-american votes, but with obama it's different. maybe it's because the irish connection was so surprising that the relationship with barack obama has been so warmly embraced. at ollie hayes pub, they're expected him. >> if he's coming to moneygall, he's coming in here. >> reporter: it's not the party they're worried about, it's the morning after. >> so huge. it might be the anti-climax after it. >> reporter: you're worried about post-obama remorse. >> post-obama stress disorder. (laughs) >> reporter: there's a cure for that here. mark phillips, cbs news, moneygall, ireland. >> smith: that's the "cbs evening news," i'm harry smith. thanks for joining us. see you monday. captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by media access group at wgbh captioned by media access group at wgbh
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serious. the frenzy over you're watching cbs5 eyewitness news in high- definition. >> most people are laughing but some are deadly serious. the frenzy over the end of the world. and why in one bay area neighborhood it is generating concern over some household pets. not just a season, not just a few days a year, the number of absences in a bay area school district and why it is costing lots more than their education. have you heard the buzz? the latest trend taking off on bay area rooves. >> i'm ken bastida. >> i'm dana king. ridiculous, terrifying, funny, sad? can you pick one word


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